Neapolitan sixth

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Neapolitan sixth

n
(Classical Music) (in musical harmony) a chord composed of the subdominant of the key, plus a minor third and a minor sixth. Harmonically it is equivalent to the first inversion of a major chord built upon the flattened supertonic
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There are also references to harmonic and compositional devices such as the Neapolitan chord, the blues scale and the octatonic scale.
"Come raggio di sol" features the Neapolitan chord as a part of embellishing the predominant function in between a subdominant triad and subdominant seventh chord (mm.
(The progression I mean here is after the modulation to E major, where we hear I--[ii.sup.6.sub.5]--[N.sup.6]--[V.sup.7]--I.) Though a deviation from the immediate sense of diatonicism, the Neapolitan chord here highlights an extremely important tone already presented earlier in the movement.
This final volume in this series provides a discussion of such topics as modal mixture, borrowed chords, the Neapolitan chord, common tone chords, modulation, composition, Bach chorales and two-voice counterpoint.